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  BOCCACCIO - LoveToKnow Article on BOCCACCIO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Boccaccio, an illegitimate son, as is put beyond dispute by the fact that a special licence had to be obtained when he desired to become a priest, was brought up with tender care by his father, who seems to have been a merchant of respectable rank.
Boccaccios passion on seeing her was instantaneous, and (if we may accept as genuine the confessions contained in one of her lovers works) was returned with equal ardour on the part of the lady.
Boccaccio for the first time speaks a new idiom, flexible and tender, like the character of the nation, and capable of rendering all the shades of feeling, from the coarse laugh of cynicism to the sigh of hopeless love.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Boccaccio's characters are notable for their era in that they are realistic, spirited and clever individuals who are grounded in reality (in contradiction to the characters of his contemporaries, who were more concerned with the Medieval virtues of Chivalry, Piety and Humility).
Around 1327 Boccaccio moved to Naples when his father was appointed to head the Neopolitan branch of his bank, Boccaccio was apprenticed to the bank and spent six years there.
Boccaccio had become a friend of fellow-Florentine Niccolo Acciaiuoli and benefitted from his influence as lover of Catherine of Valois, later counsellor to Queen Joanna and the "Grand Seneschal".
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The earliest, longest, and perhaps the weakest of Boccaccio's works is the "Filocolo", written between 1338 and 1340; it is a version of the story, widespread in the Middle Ages, of Floire and Blanchefleur, and contains a curious admixture of pagan myths and Christian legends.
Boccaccio shares with Petrarch the honor of being the earliest humanist.
Boccaccio found the germs of his novelle in other literatures, in historic events, and in tradition, but, like Shakespeare, whatever he borrowed he made his own and living, by placing the adventures in the lives of his contemporaries.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02607a.htm   (1370 words)

 Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Boccaccio was recalled to Florence in 1341, and there he met (1350) the great poet Petrarch, who became a lifelong friend.
Boccaccio achieved stylistic mastery in the Decameron, which became a model for later efforts toward a distinctively Italian style.
Boccaccio’s old age was troubled by poverty and ill health, but his activity continued.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio, 1313-1375
The Italian poet, Giovanni Boccaccio was most probably born in Tuscany, the illegitimate son of a merchant of Certaldo, who launched him on a commercial career, during which he spent some time at Paris.
In graceful Italian, Boccaccio selected the plots of his stories from the popular fiction of his day, and especially from the fabliaux which had passed into Italy from France, the matter being medieval while the form is classical.
Boccaccio's originality lay in his narrative skill and in the rich poetical sentiments which adorns his borrowed materials.
www.historyguide.org /ancient/boccaccio.html   (392 words)

 HOASM: Giovanni Boccaccio
During 1364 and 1365 Boccaccio engaged in an enduring epistolary debate with Petrarch on compositions in the vernacular.
By 1372 Boccaccio was increasingly troubled by obesity, and also by a form of dropsy which impeded his movement, together with attacks of scabies and high fevers.
Boccaccio was a steadfast friend, a son who felt tenderly for his mother and never forgave his father for having abandoned her.
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 Literature of the Western World, Vol. I and Vol. II, 5/e Chapter 3 -- Giovanni Boccaccio
Boccaccio, the youngest, was born in 1313, the illegitimate son of a merchant-banker who had family roots in or near Florence.
It was in Naples too that Boccaccio is supposed to have met "Fiammetta," the object of his passionate love—the equivalent for Boccaccio of Dante’s Beatrice and Petrarch’s Laura.
Boccaccio saw at first hand in Florence the ravages of the plague (the Black Death), and his vividly gruesome account of it at the beginning of The Decameron shatters the idyllic life led by the seven women and three men who tell the stories.
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Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was born in Paris, France, to a Florentine father and a French mother.
Boccaccio received an education in business and canon law, but after some years of this he turned to literature and through his writing and his recovery of classical sources became one of the leading Renaissance humanists of Italy.
In it Boccaccio was able to display the power of ancient poetry to a public previously unaware of its existence.
www.humanistictexts.org /boccaccio.htm   (6688 words)

 Boccaccio, Giovanni
The historical importance of Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-75) as a literary theorist and critic lies not so much in the originality of his thinking as in his civic-spirited mediation between Dantean (scholastic) and Petrarchan (proto-humanist) cultures.
Boccaccio evidently shared Dante's conviction that a great vernacular poem might be taken as seriously as any Latin text.
Boccaccio's Genealogia, like his other encyclopedic works, is designed to fortify and encourage the efforts of the literary interpreter as well as the poet: if you wish "to appreciate poetry, and unwind its difficult involutions,.
www.press.jhu.edu /books/hopkins_guide_to_literary_theory/giovanni_boccaccio.html   (1130 words)

 Boccaccio on Poetry
Boccaccio’s work began to circulate in 1371, and these chapters in defense of poetry and ancient myth, albeit strongly derivative, became an influential milestone in the history of humanistic thought.
Augustine quotes Varro as distinguishing three aspects of ancient religion or theology—the mythical; the physical; the civil: that is, the mythology of the poets, the mythology of the philosophers, and the mythology of popular worship and superstition.
The second, or the mythology of the philosophers, Boccaccio would assign all myths embodying the facts of physical nature or moral truth, whether treated by philosophers or poets, that is all myths or myth-handling at all edifying and worthy of a place in his treatise.
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The struggle, as seen by Boccaccio in some of his short stories, is similar to the one that continually occurs between man and woman in modern times.
Boccaccio’s view of sex was antithetical to the one held by the Church, which considered sex outside the sanctity of matrimony as sinful.
Boccaccio is the first writer who portrays a woman struggling to break away from a rigid position and to move, to some extent, toward her own independent identity.
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 Boccaccio, Giovanni
During the years in which Boccaccio is believed to have written the Decameron, the Florentines appointed him ambassador to the lords of Romagna in 1350; municipal councillor and also ambassador to Louis, duke of Bavaria, in the Tirol in 1351; and ambassador to Pope Innocent VI in 1354.
Boccaccio revered the older man as his master, and Petrarch proved himself a serene and ready counselor and a reliable helper.
Boccaccio's circle in Florence was of vital importance as a nucleus of early humanism.
www.britannica.com /shakespeare/micro/75/4.html   (2320 words)

 Giovanni Boccaccio l'autore del Decameron   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) può essere considerato insieme con Dante e Petrarca, il più importante scrittore del 14° secolo sia in Italia che in tutta Europa.
Boccaccio si distingue però dagli altri due per il suo stile centrato su tematiche terrene e per il suo relativo disinteresse per le questioni morali, religiose, teologiche e politiche.
L'opera maggiore di Boccaccio è il "Decameron" una raccolta di 100 novelle collegate in una trama narrativa generale, in cui tratteggia con grande abilità differenti personaggi e le loro varie passioni, creando un'immagine della vita vivace e dalle mille sfacettature.
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 Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 96051312   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Boccaccio's knowledge and use of the works of Dante constitute a challenging topic, one that is beginning to receive the attention it deserves.
It was Boccaccio's belief that Dante was the only writer who had achieved a status similar to that reserved for the greatest writers of antiquity.
Boccaccio's Dante and the Shaping Force of Satire is a welcome addition to the field of Dante studies and to medieval studies in general.
www.loc.gov /catdir/description/umich051/96051312.html   (287 words)

 Boccaccio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Born in Paris as bastard son of Florentine businessman and Frenchwoman, Boccaccio was sent to Italy in his infancy.
Boccaccio's Decameron (which means "Work of Ten Days"), was completed about 1353 and is the greatest prose fiction achievement in vernacular language of southern Europe during the late Middle Ages.
Each of ten members of the party is to tell a tale on each of ten days, sometimes in response to general topic, sometimes according to his or her own discretion (or lack of).
www.wsu.edu:8001 /~delahoyd/medieval/boccaccio.html   (529 words)

 Baltimore Restaurant Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Boccaccio was voted Baltimore’s Best Italian Restaurant from 1995 through 2000 by Baltimore magazine, and was named Baltimore’s top Italian restaurant by the Zagat Survey for 1997 through 2000.
Giovanni Boccaccio, one of Italy’s most renowned fourteenth-century authors, is said to have been born in Florence in 1313.
Boccaccio, a contemporary of Francesco Petrarca and Dante Alighieri, is most famous for his literary masterpiece The Decameron.
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 Liber Liber: Biblioteca | Autori B | Boccaccio, Giovanni
Giovanni Boccaccio nacque nel 1313 (giugno o luglio) in Toscana, forse a Certaldo, o a Firenze (oggi non si ritiene più attendibile la notizia di una sua nascita a Parigi).
Boccaccio frequenta le corti della Romagna (Ravenna, Forlì) in cerca di un impiego.
Boccaccio immagina che sette fanciulle e tre giovani uomini si rifugino in una villa dei vicini colli per sfuggire al contagio e per trascorrere un po' di tempo allegramente fra amabili conversari, banchetti e danze.
www.liberliber.it /biblioteca/b/boccaccio   (799 words)

 Introduction to Boccaccio
Boccaccio's family came from the town of Certaldo, his father was Boccaccio da Chellino, who moved to Florence to practice the profession of merchant.
Later, in 1320, Boccaccio's father married a lady called Margherita dei Mondali (the famous stepmother), who was a relative of Beatrice Portinari, loved by Dante a few years earlier.
Boccaccio did go to Naples around 1325 where he lived at the court of the kings of Naples, supported by the Bardi financial institution, with the specific purpose of getting the training needed to be a merchant.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio
Giovanni Boccaccio Boccaccio was born in Paris, in 1313, the illegitimate son of a Florentine merchant and a French noblewoman.
Boccaccio's last years, in which he turned to religious meditation, were brightened by his appointment in 1373 as lecturer on Dante.
Boccaccio's most important work is Il Decamerone (Ten Days' Work), which was begun in 1348 and completed in 1353; it was first translated into English, as The Decameron, in 1620.
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 Boccaccio Essay   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
I think Boccaccio wanted those who read his book, women in particular, to see life for what it really was.
In other words, Boccaccio tells us that as women began to realize their desires they were not afraid to continue to do so.
I do not believe, however, Boccaccio showed us this to portray religion, and all those who followed it as hypocrites (though that is what many of them were).
student.maxwell.syr.edu /anderson/b3.htm   (633 words)

 Study Sheet: Boccaccio's Decameron   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In the frame to the stories, Boccaccio has ten aristocratic young people meet in the country outside Florence because of the plague that is rampant in the city.
Boccaccio, in telling these tales, is relying on our familiarity with traditional plot lines and genres.
Boccaccio lives right on the borderline between the two periods.
gsteinbe.intrasun.tcnj.edu /tcnj/worldlit/decameron.htm   (468 words)

 Boccaccio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Giovanni Boccaccio (June 16, 1313 December 21, 1375) was a Italian author and poet, the greatest of Petrarch's disciples, an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including On Famous Women, the Decameron and his poems in the vernacular.
Boccaccio's skill as a dramatist is masterfully displayed in these vivid portraits of people from all stations in life, with plots that revel in a bewildering variety of human reactions.
The Decameron was the first of director Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life." The film, based on the sexually supercharged tales of Boccaccio, is a patchwork of many of Pasolini's favorite themes, with a surprising endorsement of heterosexuality-- specifically female heterosexuality--included in the proceedings.
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Boccaccio is born (June or July) in Certaldo or in Florence to an unknown woman and Boccaccino di Chellino, a wealthy merchant who officially and without hesitation recognizes him.
Boccaccio travels to Naples with his father, agent of the Bardi Bank.
Boccaccio travels to Forlì and resides at the court of Francesco Ordelaffi where he exchanges sonnets and carmina with the grammarian Checco di Meletto Rossi.
www.brown.edu /Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/boccaccio/life1.shtml   (283 words)

 Boccaccio Hotel Florence - Rates To Go
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The Hotel Boccaccio can be found in the heart of the historic city centre, in an area between the River Arno and the Church of Santa Maria Novella, a stone’s throw from the railway station, from Piazza Duomo and from the Church of San Lorenzo.
Right here, in the heart of this extremely beautiful city, the Hotel Boccaccio is located in a building dating back to the 1700s, the ideal destination for an unforgettable stay, whether for business or pleasure.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Giovanni Boccaccio (June 16, 1313 – December 21, 1375) was a ItalyItalian author and poet, the greatest of Petrarch's disciples, an important Renaissance humanismRenaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including ''On Famous Women'', the ''Decameron'' and his poetrypoems in the vernacular.
It is believed Boccaccio was tutored by Giovanni Mazzuoli and received from him an early introduction to the works of Dante AlighieriDante.
As mentioned he returned to work for the Florentine government in 1365, undertaking a mission to Pope Urban V. When the papacy returned to Rome in 1367 Boccaccio was again sent to Urban, offering congratulations.
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 Boccaccio (general note)
Giovanni Boccaccio is, with the older Dante and the contemporary Francis Petrarch, one of the three great poets of the Italian fourteenth century.
Of the three, Boccaccio was the one on whom Chaucer drew most heavily, and in some sense strove to emulate; Chaucer based Troilus on Boccaccio's Il Filostrato and his Knight's Tale on Il Teseida, and Chaucer's elaborate high style owes something to Boccaccio's attempt to emulate the classics in his own vernacular.
Yet comparing Chaucer's and Boccaccio's treatments of the same traditional stories yields interesting contrasts in their views of literature and of the world.
www.people.fas.harvard.edu /~chaucer/special/authors/boccaccio   (602 words)

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